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Posted Apr 24 2012 3:42pm

Have you heard of raw foodism? It is a quiet but growing movement in the natural health
world. It is simply consuming most or all of your food in the uncooked state. Why and
how do people do this? The benefits of following a high raw diet are numerous. When
food is cooked it loses all of the enzymes, up to 70% of the vitamins, some minerals,
all of the oxygen and most of the water. Because the enzymes in raw food are intact,
it is easier to digest your food and extract all of the nutrition from it. Each raw food
contains the exact enzymes needed to digest it. Well digested food passes through your
system more easily and so can help to relieve constipation and contribute to more regular
bowel movements. Because digestion is a huge energy drain on the body, including more
raw food in your diet can increase your energy significantly. The nutritional density
of raw food and the fact that the nutrients are absorbed more easily aids in reversing or
preventing nutritional deficiencies.

A raw diet is very healing. We know the body is self repairing from watching a cut on
our skin heal. We simply need to supply the necessary ingredients and/or cleanse out the
overload of toxins. Most of the cells in your body are replaced every three months with a
few, like bone, cells taking up to seven years. If you are consuming food in it’s healthiest
and most natural form, the new cells that your body creates will be healthier. Many
people have healed from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and many
other diseases. There are even several raw food retreat centers around the country.

Now, I need to dispel a common misunderstanding about what raw foodists eat. It is
more than carrot sticks, apples and salads. By creatively combining ingredients and
using a few new tools you can make raw soup, crackers, pasta, pizza, tacos, ice cream,
and desserts including chocolate treats. It is also easy to be gluten and dairy free on a
raw diet. Nut free is a little more difficult, but can also be done.

I would like to encourage you to begin adding more raw food to your diet in simple
ways. Just serve raw veggies instead of cooked at your meals. Make sure you supply a
salad everyday and look for some interesting new salad recipes. Check your library for
raw food recipe books and try out some of the inventive ways of making raw pasta or
brownies. Desserts are are a great way to introduce raw foods to children and spouses.
You don’t need to tell them it’s raw, just offer it up. Once you have several good recipes
in your box, try going 80% to 100% raw for about 5 days and you will really begin to
experience the power of raw food. Warning! Once you go raw, you may never go back.
It feels that good. If you are serious about going raw and want help, I do personal phone
coaching and would be happy to guide you.

Here is an easy gluten free, dairy free and nut free raw chocolate pudding recipe for you
to start with. Please try it even though it may seem a little weird to you. I think you will
be surprised at how yummy it is. If you are allergic to chocolate, try carob. This is best
made in a high speed blender like a Vitamix, but still comes out pretty good in a regular
blender or even mixed by hand. Just be sure your avocados are ripe and soft. Cacao
powder is the raw version of cocoa powder. You may be able to get it at your health

food store or you can order it online. The nutritional value of raw cacao powder is so
much greater than cocoa powder that I hope you try it. It is especially high in magnesium
which most Americans are deficient in. One more thing, raw cacao powder is mood
enhancing (if I eat enough of it I usually end up singing) and energizing so don’t eat too
much at night.

Raw Chocolate Pudding

2 medium avocados
1-11/4 cup honey, date syrup or maple syrup (maple syrup is not raw)
½ cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
Combine in blender.

I like to top this with fresh strawberries and a sprinkling of raw coconut flakes. ENJOY!

Contributed for MomsGoodLife
Roxanne DeFord

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